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Published:Saturday | June 8, 2019 | 12:06 AMRomane Elliston/Contributor

It is not just ‘the man’ who committed a heinous crime. But John Doe* the pharmacist, the father of two children, the husband of a wife and the son of someone. For years, it has been a long-standing controversy and debate when it comes to...

Published:Saturday | June 8, 2019 | 12:06 AM

Recently, there was a newspaper headline in Trinidad about the prime minister and a female television host, ‘Rowley lose cool bouff Hema’. In fact, although ‘bouff’ is a local colloquialism for someone being put in their place or rebuked, if I...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:31 AM

Given last week’s allegations by chief executive officer of the Government’s Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Paul Abrahams, and his portfolio minister, Robert Montague, the constabulary’s counterterrorism squad should be deep into an...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:18 AM

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) is the contractor responsible for the implementation of the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP) being undertaken in Jamaica. A few of the projects under the MIDP include Kupius Bridge, Ferris...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:15 AM

I write in response to the article titled ‘Axe to fall on Audit Commission – State watchdog’s fate tied to rising concerns over underperformance’, which appeared in The Sunday Gleaner on May 26, 2019. In the eyes of your readers, the assumptions in...

Published:Friday | June 7, 2019 | 12:13 AM

“There will be no mining in the Cockpit Country” has been the mantra of politicians of both the orange and the green persuasions in recent decades, but it is an undertaking that they will not deliver on, because too much money is involved. On the...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:11 AM

When the Most Honourable Edward Seaga was leader of the opposition, Senator Prudence Kidd-Deans arranged for me to make a presentation of my first book, Rebellion to Riot: The Jamaican Church in Nation Building to him. What ensued was no...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:10 AM

Forgive us the purposeful indelicacy. The people in the criminal justice and law-enforcement systems are crazier than the mentally troubled defendants they allow to be lost, and forgotten, in proverbial cracks. They have been doing the same thing...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:10 AM

As a result of the nationwide plague of the three monkeys’ syndrome – see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil – we are constantly inundated by meaningless political rhetoric on burning issues and a drought of corrective action. While evildoers...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:09 AM

Two people, newly in love with each other, are fools in that they are no longer led by reason to the same extent that they are blinded by their uncontrollable emotions. And many of us long to become such fools. The same reasoning can probably be...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:35 AM

During the 2019-20 Budget debate, the Government proposed at least two initiatives to demonstrate its commitment to research and development as drivers for the Jamaican economy. First, Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:33 AM

I have been a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force for almost 19 years and I have taken keen note of the comments made by the prime minister, The Honourable Andrew Holness, on May 29, 2019 at the 76th annual Joint Central Conferences of the...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:32 AM

You will recall from previous articles that the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA). CBERA’s duration is indefinite, but CBPTA, which...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:27 AM

Howard Gregory’s election as Archbishop of the Anglican Church in the West Indies will, rightly, be hailed in Jamaica for the elevation of a son to higher ecclesiastical office. What this newspaper sees, and hopes is the case, is that he now has a...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:18 AM

‘Thou shall not rape and kill young girls’ is not one of the Ten Commandments. How could God miss this one? Even prayers emanating from ALL the churches beseeching Him to stop the killings of our young girls remain unanswered. God is either...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:16 AM

Hands up if you won the lotto this year. Hands up if your granny, or anybody else, died and left you a handsome inheritance. Hands up if you got a pay increase from your job this year. Or last year. Or the year before. In the Jamaica I live in,...

Published:Tuesday | June 4, 2019 | 12:14 AM

Congratulations are in order for UK Prime-Minister-for-another-minute-or-so, Theresa May. On April 23, 2017 (Crime Dog Chasing Tail), I highlighted her error in relying on political pollsters to call a ‘snap’ election for June 8: “Oh, dear. She’s...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:26 AM

Last week I attended an obstetrics and gynaecology medical symposium. The last item on the programme was a discussion on abortion. I was on the panel with a lawyer who is anti-abortion, and an epidemiologist (a scientist who studies diseases in...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:21 AM

Two years after its passage, large swathes of the new election and political party-financing law are still to be promulgated. Yet, as the continuing reverberations from April’s East Portland by-election remind us, there is much to be done on...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:20 AM

Although it needed to be demolished to facilitate the road widening, the episode of the removal of the Constant Spring Market appears to have a callous streak to it, to say the least. In fact, it is somewhat interesting the way the associated...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Although he was ailing for some time, the passing of our national icon, the Most Honourable Edward Philip George Seaga, came as a blow to all of us. He left an eternal and irreplaceable void. He was a unique Jamaican who loved this country with...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:19 AM

Finally, 30 months (yes, two and a half years!) after introducing a resolution proposing that improvements in education and training in agriculture and ­increased access to credit for farmers would enhance output, productivity and earnings, a few...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:30 AM

On Tuesday, within hours of his death, The Gleaner called, asking me to say some words about Mr Edward Seaga’s passing, and in particular, on his penchant for courting and generating controversy. My response was that I couldn’t see how it was...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:30 AM

In 2005, I invited Seaga to be the guest speaker at the launch of my book, ‘Sound Clash: Jamaican Dancehall Culture At Large’. One of my friends asked in disbelief, “Is so yu desperate fi sell book dat yu going go ask Seaga fi talk fi yu?” My...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:29 AM

Because of all the persons involved, it would have been inappropriate for me to describe the internal rumblings of the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF) over the last year as a cockfight. But thankfully, the dust has settled, the Federation has...

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